A damage to the hull caused by faulty tender platform forced the cruise ship Grand Princess to return back to Honolulu. According to Princess Cruise Line statement, the platform on the starboard side has opened, for reasons yet unknown, while the vessel was departing from Honolulu, Hawaii. As a result the ship’s hull sustained minor damage which has been secured. Grand Princess Captain confirmed that the ship is safe and has turned around to make an assessment in daylight.
The cruise ship Thomson Spirit, with over 1,000 passengers on board, ran aground in the middle of the Arade River in Portugal on Tuesday. The ship operated by the British cruise line Thomson Cruises blocked the river for an hour and a half, after the Captain was forced to abort the docking maneuvers. Thomson Spirit was scheduled to arrive in the port of Portimão at 8:00 a.m. entering the river at low tide.
Pacific Princess Compartment Number 2 experienced flooding this morning as the cruise ship tried to dock in the port of Nice, France. The vessel encountered strong winds of 45 knots, which caused Pacific Princess to hit the breakwaters at the dock. Port side of the ship was slightly damaged by the impact. Firefighters and divers responded to the scene and will remain if further assistance is needed.
The cruise ship Viking Star operated by Viking Ocean Cruises, on its way to New York City scraped the underside of a Railroad Bridge yesterday, October 12. According to Cape Cod Times, the Army Corps of Engineers is investigating the incident. As seen on the video bellow by Katie Barlow the ship Viking Star slowly sails under the bridge when a mast near the ships funnel scraped the underside of the bridge.
Carnival Liberty cruise ship passenger was injured in Cozumel yesterday in a motorcycle accident. The news site Yucatan reports that Carol Terry and her boyfriend David Peterson, rented a motorcycle for sightseeing the island.
A Carnival cruise ship has responded to the distress SOS signal send by the luxury superyacht Masteka 2, off the NSW mid north coast in Australia. According to the marine safety authority, in the early morning hours on Tuesday the superyacht, with six crew members on board, lost steering and started taking on water around 140 nautical miles from Port Macquarie.
During the scheduled dry dock in Palermo on Princess Cruises ship Royal Princess, a 60 tons crane fell to the yard just next to the ship. The accident happened yesterday inside the basin during a lifting operation. The crane detached from the top of the fixed platform which was a cause of the accident. Fortunately no one was near the place where the crane fell and there are no reported injured workers.
Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas has been damaged by a strong winds that the ship encountered this morning. The ship was hit by powerful wind at 5:00 AM waking up all passengers onboard, while sailing near Greek Isles. The ship sustained damages in public areas and several large windows in the dinning room have been broken. There are also reports that the ship heavily listed and water poured from the pool deck to several decks bellow.
Former staff member working as a musician on Royal Caribbean is suing the cruise line for negligence led to an unsafe work environment aboard, that caused injuries to the plaintiff. SE Texas Record reports that the victim, Gerald Dahir of Harbor City, California, filed a lawsuit in Galveston Southern District Court against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., for violation of the Jones Act.